Perseid Meteors Observed Above Light Pollution in Romania

December 21, 2008


Photographer: Alexandru Tudorica, Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy
Summary Author: Alexandru Tudorica, Jim Foster 

Above the film of light pollution, the meteors of the annual August Perseid Meteor Shower can be observed much easier, as you can see in this image. It was captured from Mt. Omu, which at  8,225 ft (2,507 m) is one of the highest summits in Romania. Unfortunately, our nighttime view of the heavens has been increasingly subjected to light pollution from man-made sources, which has resulted in the gradual disappearance of starlit skies. Photo composite taken on August 13, 2008. 

Photo details: Canon EOS 400D camera unmodified; ISO 1600; 30 second exposures; f/2.8; focal length 17 mm. Composite made of 10 frames. Software used:  Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows.